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Princess Haya Receives ‘Legion of Honour’ From France

  September 7, 2014 at 10:52 pm by

Princess Haya Bint Al Hussain, wife of Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was honoured with the National Order of the Legion of Honour. The Legion of Honour is France’s highest decoration. Princess Haya, FEI President, received it in recognition of her efforts of the equestrian sport. Princess Haya received the award from Laurent Fabius, French Minister of … Continue reading

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Prince Albert Completes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

  September 4, 2014 at 5:56 am by

Prince Albert II of Monaco has become one of the latest famous faces to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which aims to raise awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. A video released by the Prince’s Palace on Facebook shows Prince Albert standing on a cliff face overlooking his principality, where he upturns a bucket of ice water over his head. The Prince said he was “extremely proud and happy to … Continue reading

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Princess Amalia Christened in France

  July 12, 2014 at 10:41 pm by

Luxembourg’s tiny Princess Amalia was christened today, at the Chapel Saint-Ferréol-de Lorgues in France. The little Princess arrived to the chapel with her parents, Prince Félix and Princess Claire, and her two godparents, Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg (her paternal aunt) and Felix Lademacher (her maternal uncle). Others in attendance were members of her immediate family: Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hartmut and Gabriele Lademacher, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume … Continue reading

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The Emir of Qatar’s Official Visit to France

  June 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm by

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has visited the French capital Paris for a two-day official visit. On the first day of the visit, the Emir met with French President François Hollande. The two leaders discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing them. They also talked about the latest developments in the region. The French President held a banquet in the honor … Continue reading

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Photo Shoot in Cayx for Henrik’s 80th Birthday

  June 11, 2014 at 9:07 pm by

A photo shoot took place this morning at Château de Cayx to mark Prince Henrik of Denmark’s 80th birthday. The Prince’s immediate family were all present – wife, Queen Margrethe II, and both sons, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim, with their wives and children. Prince Henrik led the family out on to the lawn where the photographers were gathered, holding the hands of his two eldest granddaughters, Princesses Isabella … Continue reading

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D-Day 70th Anniversary Commemorations

  June 6, 2014 at 7:56 am by

Royals from across Europe, as well as many heads of state, have gathered in Normandy to mark the seventieth anniversary of the D-Day landings, the Allied invasion of German-occupied territory which became the beginning of the end of World War Two. This morning, local time, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended a Royal British Legion service at the Bayeux Cathedral, as did British Prime Minister David Cameron … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Begins State Visit to France

  June 5, 2014 at 10:54 pm by

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh today began their fifth state visit to the French Republic. The couple departed from St Pancras Station in London aboard the Eurostar – their typical option for travel between London and Paris – headed for Paris Gare du Nord. The Queen unveiled a plaque at the London station to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the Channel Tunnel, which was opened in 1994 by Queen … Continue reading

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President Hollande Visits the Netherlands

  January 21, 2014 at 11:46 pm by

The President of the Republic of France, Francois Hollande, yesterday paid a visit to the Netherlands. President Hollande was greeted by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima (who repeated the icy blue dress with large bell sleeves first seen in November last year) in the courtyard of Noordeinde Palace, where the King and President inspected a guard of honour before the national anthems of both nations - Wilhelmus and La Marseillaise - were played. The official … Continue reading

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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Visits France

  January 17, 2014 at 4:37 am by

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, General Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has paid a one day visit to Paris, France. During the visit, the Crown Prince held talks with French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace. The two leaders discussed regional issues and co-operation between the two countries. General Sheikh Mohamed also met with Jean-Yves Le Drian, the … Continue reading

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Religious Wedding of Félix and Claire

  September 22, 2013 at 1:30 am by

Prince Félix of Luxembourg and his bride, Claire Lademacher, were yesterday wed in a religious ceremony at the Basilique Sainte Marie-Madeleine in Saint-Maximin-La-Sainte-Baume. The Roman Catholic wedding mass was celebrated by the Archbishop of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Hollerich; the Apostolic Nuncio of Guatemala, Archbishop Nicolas Thévenin; and the Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon, Dominique Rey. The couple chose to say their vows in two languages, French and German. Claire was stunning in a custom-made Elie Saab wedding gown, … Continue reading

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Belgian Photo Session in France

  July 25, 2013 at 6:28 am by

Following his installation at King of the Belgians this past Sunday, King Philippe and his family have headed to France for their summer vacation. The King, his wife Mathilde, and their four children – Princess Elisabeth, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel and Princess Eléonore – posed for photographers yesterday to mark the beginning of their vacation in L’Ile d’Yeu, Vendee, an island just off western France. The family was photographed biking and … Continue reading

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Madeleine & Chris in Paris for Fashion Week

  July 3, 2013 at 10:52 pm by

Newlyweds Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O’Neill were in Paris today, attending the Valentino fashion show as part of Paris Fashion Week for Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2013/2014. The couple arrived at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild together, before posing for photos inside the foyer. Princess Madeleine also posed with Valentino Garavani, who designed her wedding dress. Others attending the show included Anna Wintour, Nicky Hilton and Zhang Ziyi. The Princess wore … Continue reading

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Prince Joachim Attends Rededication of Danish Military Cemetery

  June 16, 2013 at 6:59 am by

Prince Joachim travelled down to northern France on Friday June 14th, to attend a ceremony rededicating the Danish Military Cemetery in the town of Braine. The Prince held a speech at the gates of the cemetery, before unveiling a new bronze plaque on the wall rededicating the cemetery to the Danish soldiers who lie there. He then laid a wreath at the cemetery’s remembrance monument, before being given a tour … Continue reading

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Camilla in Paris

  May 29, 2013 at 1:49 am by

The Duchess of Cornwall has spent the past two days in Paris, France, in what was her first official solo overseas visit. Arriving on May 27th on the Eurostar from London, the Duchess undertook the visit as part of her patronage of Emmaus UK, which helps homeless people rebuild their lives. The Duchess, who has been patron of the organisation since 2006, was accompanied by several staff members of Emmaus, … Continue reading

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Guillaume & Stéphanie Visit the European Parliament

  April 18, 2013 at 8:53 am by

The Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg yesterday paid a visit to the seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and his wife Stéphanie were invited to the Parliament by its President, Martin Schulz, who greeted the couple and showed them around the building. The couple signed the guest book to mark their visit, and were told of how the Parliament functions. A luncheon with … Continue reading

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Day in History: 350 years since Charles II sold Dunkirk to France

  October 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm by

350 years ago Charles II sold Dunkirk to France for approximately £400,000.  It was a hugely unpopular move that was influenced by financial and political needs. The port, although a valuable strategic outpost, was a huge drain on the King’s financial resources. However, there can be no doubt that even a greater motive was the vital need to forge closer relationships with France. Dunkirk was essentially a liability to the … Continue reading

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Day in History: Assassination of Alexander I of Yugoslavia

  October 11, 2012 at 6:19 pm by

On October 9, 1934 His Majesty King Alexander I of Yugoslavia was assassinated in Marseille during a state visit to France, along with the French Foreign Minister Louis Barthou. Alexander I was the first King of Yugoslavia, and the last King of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. His assassination was one of the first assassinations captured on film: the shooting occurred right in front of the cameraman. Alexander … Continue reading

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Day in History: Birth of Louis VIII the Lion

  September 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm by

Louis VIII of France earned his epithet “the Lion” for the courage he displayed on the battlefield, for seizing back many of the lands that were lost to the English (such as Avignon, Poitou, Saintonge, Languedoc) and for his strong, wilful character. Yet he is arguably most famous for being the only French Monarch who succeeded in invading most of England and claiming the English Throne, even if temporarily. Louis … Continue reading

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British Royal Family No Longer The Most “Expensive” In Europe

  July 21, 2012 at 11:01 am by

For many years, British Monarchy was considered to be the most expensive in Europe based on the amount the Head of State receives from the taxpayers. However, that distinction now belongs to the Dutch Royal Family, which overtook the British one this year. Professor Herman Matthijs of Ghent University has published a report on the costs of European Heads of State. In it, he notes that according to a very … Continue reading

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French City Demands British Crown Jewels

  July 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm by

A French city of Angers, once the capital of the House of Plantagenet which produced fourteen English Monarchs, is demanding a compensation for the murder of its last pretender to the Throne. Edward Plantagenet, 17th Earl of Warwick, was murdered in the Tower of London on orders of Henry VII Tudor; upon his death in 1499, the House of Plantagenet became extinct in the legitimate male line. A petition posted … Continue reading

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